ONE person is dead and two others were treated for shock and minor injuries at the Nadi Hospital after a The Fiji Times vehicle was involved in an accident at Nalovo near Nadi yesterday afternoon.
The Fiji Times regional sales manager west Oconieli Ken confirmed that one passenger died at the scene as a result of injuries sustained while two others were treated for shock and minor injuries before being released. He said the driver was taken in for questioning and is in custody at the Nadi Police Station.
The deceased's name has been withheld until the family is notified.
All personnel involved in the accident were staff of the circulation department of the newspaper.
Police media liaison officer Theresa Ralogaivau said officers had secured the scene and were carrying out investigations to determine the cause of the accident. Nalovo is approximately 5 kilometres from Nadi Town.
The Fiji Times general manager Brian O'Flaherty said, "The deceased's death is tragic and sad. It has shocked and distressed all the staff at The Fiji Times.
"He was a member of the The Fiji Times family and will be remembered by all.
"Our hearts and thoughts are with his family."
The death brings the national road toll to 25 for this year with the Western Division recording an alarming 16 deaths alone. The Eastern Division accounts for four and the Southern Division has recorded five to July this year.
The Northern Division has yet to record a fatality on its roads.
The death comes as the Land Transport Authority stepped up its awareness campaigns in response to the alarming surge in the number of fatalities in the Western Division with the launch of its Fight Against Accidents campaign on August 1.